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Welcome to NarFFL 2014

Here we are again, at the start of another year.

Yet again, your loyal commishes have spent an offseason toiling over the decisions that keep this thing running. Make sure to read through this whole document and see all the changes we have in store for the NarFFL in 2014.

Before we move on to all the changes, we would like to congratulate /u/imfilichino from Bacon North for winning the Horn. Display the Horn proudly!


Changes

Big Changes

Expansion

This year the NarFFL is adding a fourth tier, the Farm League. This tier will consist of an, as-of-yet, undetermined amount of teams. The size of the Farm League will depend on how many people sign up, but it will not expand to fit all those who sign up - sign ups will still be first-come, first-served. It will differ from the Premier, Major and Minor Leagues in that no spots are guaranteed year to year. Every offseason these leagues will be cleared out and re-opened for new owners to take over. This is being done to let more people play in the NarFFL without expanding indefinitely and completely watering it down. More detailed information about the Farm League, including information on how to sign up, promotion and relegation can be found below.


Deciding the Winner of the Horn

This, by far, was the most difficult decision this offseason. There were many options on the table, but we believe we settled on what is the best possible solution for the NarFFL.

In past years the winner of The Horn has been decided by various NFL Playoff challenges. While this does produce a winner, it has felt disjointed from the previous 16 weeks of fantasy football, not to mention it ended long after most other fantasy football playoffs. Keeping these issues in mind, we have created a much simpler way of deciding on a winner.

Introducing: The Horn Playoffs

We'll use this formula:

(Regular Season Points Avg) + (Week 15 Score) + (Week 16 Score) = Total Horn Playoff Points

The Total Horn Playoff Points (THPP) will determine the winner of The Horn. With some caveats:

  • You have to win your Premier league to win the horn. There are some special cases where someone who loses in the semifinals of their league's playoffs could have enough points in week 16 to win The Horn. We wanted to avoid that.
  • Week 14 is the "play-in week", and the points scored in this week do not count towards your total. We didn't want the bye week players to have to field a team when they earned the right to prepare their roster for their week 15 game.
  • In other words, put together a good team, win your league, win The Horn. Simple right?

    All other leagues’ playoffs will follow the standard format.


    Small Tweaks

    Rule Changes

    2013 Rule
    7 extra points when total Offensive + Special Teams Points Allowed is between 2 and 6 (inclusive)
    Change
    It will now now be between 1 and 6 to account for extra points after a defensive touchdown. Thanks to /u/thefatalace for catching this.
    2013 Rule
    Enforce Roster Minimums: Yes
    Change
    We are no longer enforcing roster minimums.

    Signing Up

    If you were not a member of the NarFFL in 2013 (or you were relegated out of the Minor Leagues) and you wish to join the NarFFL for 2014, you will have to sign up for the Farm Leagues. Signups will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be posting the sign up form on August 3rd, 2014 on /r/NarFFL.

    The Farm Leagues have a finite amount of spaces available, so make sure to get in there quickly. If the tier has already been filled, you will be placed on a waitlist and will be called on throughout the season to fill in for inactive owners.

    Note: If you receive a Farm League invite you will have ~48 hours to claim your team, or we will be forced to fill it with someone from the waitlist.


    Leagues

    Premier League

    Size

    144 teams - 12 leagues with 12 teams in each.

    Members

    Premier leagues are staying the same as last year (except promotions/relegations).

    Draft

    Draft dates are agreed upon by the members of each individual 12 man league. Talk to your commish about this.

    Playoffs

    For each league, playoffs will be the standard format. See The Horn Playoffs section above for information on winning the Horn.

    Relegation

    Each league will have two relegated teams. To keep owners active that have not made it to the playoffs in their individual leagues, we are giving the winner and runner-up of the consolation playoffs (in each 12 man league) a pass on being relegated. The two relegated owners will be the two lowest ranked teams (by Fleaflicker) out of the remaining four consolation playoff teams. So that means even if a team finishes last in the regular season, they are able to escape relegation by making it to the consolation playoff championship game. The 24 Premier League owners are relegated to the Major League the following year.

    Major League

    Size

    288 teams - 24 leagues with 12 teams in each.

    Members

    Major leagues are staying the same as last year (except promotions/relegations).

    You have to log in to fleaflicker by August 8th to avoid getting replaced.

    By logging in, you confirm that you wish to participate in NarFFL 2014.

    Draft

    There is a default draft slot set for each of the Major leagues - August 31st at 5 PM EDT. This is the weekend before NFL Kickoff. This can be changed if the 12 owners in the league can agree on a new date & time. Just have one of your league members fill out this form with the name of your league and the new date and time.

    Promotion

    Win your league and you move up. All 24 league winners earn a ticket to the Premier League to fill the 24 slots left by the relegated Premier League members.

    Relegation

    Each league will have two relegated teams. To keep owners active that have not made it to the playoffs in their individual league, we are giving the winner and runner-up of the consolation playoffs (in each 12 man league) a pass on being relegated. The two relegated owners will be the two lowest ranked teams (by Fleaflicker) out of the remaining four consolation playoff teams. So that means even if a team finishes last in the regular season, they are able to escape relegation by making it to the consolation playoff championship game. The 48 Major League owners are relegated to the Minor League the following year.

    Minor League

    Size

    576 teams - 48 leagues with 12 teams in each.

    Members

    Minor leagues are staying the same as last year (except promotions/relegations).

    You have to log in to fleaflicker by August 8th to avoid getting replaced.

    By logging in, you confirm that you wish to participate in NarFFL 2014.

    Draft

    There is a default draft slot set for each of the Minor leagues - August 31st at 5 PM EDT. This is the weekend before NFL Kickoff. This can be changed if the 12 owners in the league can agree on a new date & time. Just have one of your league members fill out this form with the name of your league and the new date and time.

    Promotion

    Win your league and you move up. All 48 league winners earn a ticket to the Major League to fill the 48 slots left by the relegated Major League members.

    Relegation

    Each league will have two relegated teams. To keep owners active that have not made it to the playoffs in their individual league, we are giving the winner and runner-up of the consolation playoffs (in each 12 man league) a pass on being relegated. The two relegated owners will be the two lowest ranked teams (by Fleaflicker) out of the remaining four consolation playoff teams. So that means even if a team finishes last in the regular season, they are able to escape relegation by making it to the consolation playoff championship game. The 96 Minor League owners are relegated out of NarFFL. These owners are welcome to sign up for the Farm League the following year, but that is handled in a first-come, first-served fashion.

    Farm League

    Size

    There are currently a few size options on the table for this season. We will wait until we see the turnout we get when signups open to determine our course of action. This will be announced once we close signups.

    Members

    Every year the Farm League will be comprised of new people who sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. As opposed to the other tiers, no spot in the Farm League is guaranteed year to year.

    Draft

    There is a default draft slot set for each of the Farm leagues - August 31st at 5 PM EDT. This is the weekend before NFL Kickoff. This can be changed if the 12 owners in the league can agree on a new date & time. Just have one of your league members fill out this form with the name of your league and the new date and time.

    Promotion

    Farm League promotion will depend on the size of the Farm League, which again will depend on turnout. There are a few options that range from promoting all teams that make the Farm League playoffs to just promoting the winners of each Farm league. This will also be announced once we close signups. The promoted teams earn a ticket to the Minor League to fill the 96 slots left by the relegated Minor League members.

    Relegation

    All teams that are not promoted will be removed from the league in the offseason and will have to sign up again the following year.


    Notes

    Draft Rankings

    Draft rankings are set when the leagues are activated, which is done early in the pre-season. So please, do yourself the favor of resetting your rankings close to your draft. We would especially encourage this if there is even a remote possibility you are going to miss your draft. This can be done on the ‘Draft Ranking’ tab within the ‘Draft’ Page. The selector is on the top right.

    A note from Fleaflicker

    “Please let your users know this: They must reset their draft rankings to "Redraft" right before the draft if they want to use our most up-to-date rankings or else they'll use whatever rankings we had when you went live and activated the league... Note that their custom draft rankings will be erased by doing this, but it's the best way to get our experts' rankings before the draft if they have none, etc.”

    Trade Processing

    Last year there were a few issues brought up with trading players that were in Thursday games in regard to when the trade goes through. We reached out to Fleaflicker about this and they have stated that this is by design. However, note that when you make a trade less than 24 hours before game time, you can message the mods to get it pushed through right away.

    A note from Fleaflicker

    "When the trade is in process, if the player is on the team's roster the next day at 3 AM they will receive the points. So I'm assuming that player was on the team's roster Friday at 3 AM, and the team had points for them. In this case, it's a function of the system we won't change since it's the correct behavior. You can read about it more here."


    Promotions

    Major to Premier

    Bill Walsh East
    Trimblco
    Bill Walsh North
    guamvaughan
    Bill Walsh South
    Jdking4128
    Bill Walsh West
    wafflebook
    Chuck Noll East
    kane0187
    Chuck Noll North
    baconator9000
    Chuck Noll South
    strongscience62
    Chuck Noll West
    TheRealpBump
    Don Shula East
    whoh
    Don Shula North
    IKingJeremy
    Don Shula South
    roysta
    Don Shula West
    shortbread22
    George Halas East
    LocalMexican
    George Halas North
    Intrigued_man
    George Halas South
    Perturbed_Goldfish
    George Halas West
    L25065
    Paul Brown East
    chasineverlight
    Paul Brown North
    dumlucks
    Paul Brown South
    sakuraba39
    Paul Brown West
    Weigard
    Vince Lombardi East
    BlanKz
    Vince Lombardi North
    redds56101
    Vince Lombardi South
    dloosh13
    Vince Lombardi West
    DinoJockeyTebow

    Minor to Major

    Barry Sanders East
    bethelmark
    Barry Sanders North
    Jimmers1231
    Barry Sanders South
    Shadski
    Barry Sanders West
    OdinYgg
    Dan Marino East
    mto12
    Dan Marino North
    jaypen
    Dan Marino South
    droolingtortillas
    Dan Marino West
    Falconboom
    Dick Butkus East
    boderek20
    Dick Butkus North
    RandomFTL
    Dick Butkus South
    Ascendo
    Dick Butkus West
    tjsimmons
    Emmitt Smith East
    anxdiety
    Emmitt Smith North
    Rowdy10
    Emmitt Smith South
    samthecatman
    Emmitt Smith West
    dupreesdiamond
    Jerry Rice East
    bassitone
    Jerry Rice North
    hybrid27
    Jerry Rice South
    Waffles_Bacon
    Jerry Rice West
    smashtactics
    Jim Brown East
    Danzeru
    Jim Brown North
    VikingGeek84
    Jim Brown South
    vncnt
    Jim Brown West
    M_Sanchez
    Joe Montana East
    sizviolin
    Joe Montana North
    mkudas
    Joe Montana South
    risericardorise
    Joe Montana West
    Pnthrthree
    John Elway East
    reptarzan
    John Elway North
    pixel_dent
    John Elway South
    xeneize368
    John Elway West
    chaaarles
    Johnny Unitas East
    keetz
    Johnny Unitas North
    russizm
    Johnny Unitas South
    The_SC
    Johnny Unitas West
    mestisnewfound
    Lawrence Taylor East
    boxkites
    Lawrence Taylor North
    ginger-jesus
    Lawrence Taylor South
    Walkingfox
    Lawrence Taylor West
    omgitsthefuture
    Reggie White East
    easyb
    Reggie White North
    ILIKEFRYRICE
    Reggie White South
    adogwhoiskool
    Reggie White West
    That1Fool
    Walter Payton East
    Jschatt
    Walter Payton North
    ensanguine
    Walter Payton South
    Grogthor
    Walter Payton West
    georgerdz5000

    Relegations

    Premier to Major

    Bacon East
    TonyTastey
    Bacon East
    justdoitman
    Bacon North
    DeaconBlues
    Bacon North
    Juliusseizure
    Bacon South
    streetshine
    Bacon South
    Dean_thedream
    Bacon West
    mfdoom
    Bacon West
    DynamiteToast
    Envelope East
    Panda413
    Envelope East
    WiiCat
    Envelope North
    Spazsquatch
    Envelope North
    Saaywhaaaat
    Envelope South
    TripTheMinstrel
    Envelope South
    bavarian
    Envelope West
    acrocanthosaurus
    Envelope West
    LordGuderian
    Narwhal East
    magicbeerbelly
    Narwhal East
    hivoltage815
    Narwhal North
    anne1152
    Narwhal North
    bbkbad
    Narwhal South
    trollymctrollstein
    Narwhal South
    broaf
    Narwhal West
    az78
    Narwhal West
    testrail

    Major to Minor

    Bill Walsh East
    sbdreiser90
    Bill Walsh East
    AeroZep
    Bill Walsh North
    supermegafuerte
    Bill Walsh North
    hijklmno
    Bill Walsh South
    DarthYoda2594
    Bill Walsh South
    ZOMGLAZERCAT
    Bill Walsh West
    bethelmark
    Bill Walsh West
    NotTrollingJustDumb
    Chuck Noll East
    Rawwh
    Chuck Noll East
    BBell_86
    Chuck Noll North
    boothkid
    Chuck Noll North
    laxman3737
    Chuck Noll South
    linkkjm
    Chuck Noll South
    Phloo
    Chuck Noll West
    KobraCola
    Chuck Noll West
    Realmckoy265
    Don Shula East
    ggl
    Don Shula East
    mrw914
    Don Shula North
    Cokemandan
    Don Shula North
    Jawz014
    Don Shula South
    SaintVince
    Don Shula South
    sweetlove
    Don Shula West
    orlandojnf
    Don Shula West
    TopSuperRoll
    George Halas East
    Cream_
    George Halas East
    xJFK
    George Halas North
    crowquill77
    George Halas North
    Minby
    George Halas South
    yngvius11
    George Halas South
    RockChalk15
    George Halas West
    TheGrog
    George Halas West
    DocTex
    Paul Brown East
    kjm16
    Paul Brown East
    Rad_Hazard
    Paul Brown North
    Mitchij2004
    Paul Brown North
    hammurabis_chode
    Paul Brown South
    Awshux
    Paul Brown South
    whiteguyernie
    Paul Brown West
    VillagePineTree
    Paul Brown West
    ramstoria
    Vince Lombardi East
    bestkorear
    Vince Lombardi East
    cadillacvandal
    Vince Lombardi North
    simplelessons
    Vince Lombardi North
    LargeSandwich
    Vince Lombardi South
    easyb
    Vince Lombardi South
    Deliriumm
    Vince Lombardi West
    SiggieSan
    Vince Lombardi West
    ejm13

    Minor

    Barry Sanders East
    HaberdasheryHRG
    Barry Sanders East
    Burke77
    Barry Sanders North
    Mrbananagrabber1
    Barry Sanders North
    simbols
    Barry Sanders South
    JupitersClock
    Barry Sanders South
    ChaosOnion
    Barry Sanders West
    nameBrandon
    Barry Sanders West
    kedsten
    Dan Marino East
    pjkenk2
    Dan Marino East
    Ssjwiggy
    Dan Marino North
    wherethewhitewomenat
    Dan Marino North
    d12anoel
    Dan Marino South
    the_truth_34
    Dan Marino South
    evrythingintransit
    Dan Marino West
    TheProfessorX
    Dan Marino West
    aisf61
    Dick Butkus East
    NDZ
    Dick Butkus East
    MSkog
    Dick Butkus North
    intergalactic512
    Dick Butkus North
    GCN2
    Dick Butkus South
    Twsmith89
    Dick Butkus South
    tiger20
    Dick Butkus West
    the4ndy
    Dick Butkus West
    optimism
    Emmitt Smith East
    mechatoddzilla
    Emmitt Smith East
    maxilla
    Emmitt Smith North
    HeyJewed
    Emmitt Smith North
    IShouldBeRecognized
    Emmitt Smith South
    tonyg623
    Emmitt Smith South
    hibernationbear
    Emmitt Smith West
    attack_panic
    Emmitt Smith West
    madtownWI
    Jerry Rice East
    Langmuir
    Jerry Rice East
    BananaHammock74
    Jerry Rice North
    Scotty_the_Hamster
    Jerry Rice North
    relive
    Jerry Rice South
    seanraf
    Jerry Rice South
    robfs
    Jerry Rice West
    ajkelley1012
    Jerry Rice West
    tylersalt
    Jim Brown East
    thebrokenbox
    Jim Brown East
    psybient
    Jim Brown North
    heyitsmoto
    Jim Brown North
    g-manny-man
    Jim Brown South
    nameplace24
    Jim Brown South
    GardenTrousers
    Jim Brown West
    shanahanigans
    Jim Brown West
    noob_pcbuilder

    Minor (cont'd)

    Joe Montana East
    smackavelli
    Joe Montana East
    captcaveman72
    Joe Montana North
    treemeister22
    Joe Montana North
    wantonprivateer
    Joe Montana South
    bstings
    Joe Montana South
    rbmaclean
    Joe Montana West
    Squirm87
    Joe Montana West
    Tattermandelion
    John Elway East
    cant_program
    John Elway East
    turbolobster
    John Elway North
    nick_23
    John Elway North
    gillymuse
    John Elway South
    triple-double
    John Elway South
    Stonah
    John Elway West
    forum1388
    John Elway West
    jcsulser
    Johnny Unitas East
    dermzzz
    Johnny Unitas East
    tamponfingers
    Johnny Unitas North
    spuhh
    Johnny Unitas North
    iamslm22
    Johnny Unitas South
    funked_up
    Johnny Unitas South
    rodeomothh
    Johnny Unitas West
    RogerDerpstein
    Johnny Unitas West
    prairiebandit
    Lawrence Taylor East
    Dennovin
    Lawrence Taylor East
    dertesanchez
    Lawrence Taylor North
    fightinchunk
    Lawrence Taylor North
    Steaktanic
    Lawrence Taylor South
    reave004
    Lawrence Taylor South
    balthus1880
    Lawrence Taylor West
    dannymannyboy
    Lawrence Taylor West
    MaceBindo
    Reggie White East
    mr92
    Reggie White East
    anole3000
    Reggie White North
    PuddlesOfDoom
    Reggie White North
    PerkinsKebab
    Reggie White South
    laserj
    Reggie White South
    Ffsteroids
    Reggie White West
    HerculeSatan
    Reggie White West
    SammyPotkins
    Walter Payton East
    fd85saqg
    Walter Payton East
    zedlord
    Walter Payton North
    IveMadeAHugeMistake
    Walter Payton North
    dharasick
    Walter Payton South
    RedditGuy98
    Walter Payton South
    Stenas
    Walter Payton West
    Barkul
    Walter Payton West
    swingheil

    Note: Due to some owners replacing inactive owners midseason, there may be duplicates in these lists. Don't worry, we've got it all worked out.


    Upcoming Dates

    Jul. 25, 2014
    Announcement
    Aug. 3, 2014
    Farm League Invites Open
    Aug. 3, 2014
    Preseason Kickoff (N.Y. Giants vs. Buffalo)
    Aug. 5, 2014
    Farm League Invite Acceptance Deadline
    Aug. 8, 2014
    Deadline for Returning Owners (sign in before this date!)
    Aug. 31, 2014
    NarFFL Default Draft Day
    Sep. 4, 2014
    NFL Kickoff (Green Bay at Seattle)
    Dec. 21/22, 2014
    NarFFL Champ is crowned

    Well that’s pretty much everything (we think). If you have any questions or comments, please comment on the reddit thread. We hope everyone is looking forward to the year as much as we are. Glad to see all the returning owners, and welcome to the new owners! Finally, don’t forget to sub to /r/NarFFL!!

    The Commishes